Modeling the History of Astronomy: Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Tycho

  title={Modeling the History of Astronomy: Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Tycho},
  author={Todd Timberlake},
  journal={Astronomy Education Review},
  • T. Timberlake
  • Published 10 January 2013
  • Physics
  • Astronomy Education Review
This paper describes a series of activities in which students investigate and use the Ptolemaic, Copernican, and Tychonic models of planetary motion. The activities guide students through using open source software to discover important observational facts, learn the necessary vocabulary, understand the fundamental properties of different theoretical models, and relate the theoretical models to observational data. After completing these activities students can make observations of a fictitious… 
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